Blade and Buffy take on Jack and Alice

29th September 2006 at 01:00
Blade, Mylo, Kofi, Spike, Kiki, Bronte and Luna: stand up Class of 2010.

These are the names that will be gracing primary school registers in four years time, according to Bounty, the organisation that provides support packs for new mums.

A crime-fighting vampire, an dance music artist and the secretary general of the United Nations have apparently influenced parents' choice of moniker for their offspring.

More than half the 700,000 new-born babies' details were recorded by Bounty and it found for the first time, six boys have been named Blade, possibly after film character played by Wesley Snipes, and 22 called Spike, an undead character from TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

It is unclear whether the 94 Mylos are a misspelling of Milo or a deliberate homage to the dance music artist and DJ.

Fourteen boys were named Kofi, possibly in honour of Kofi Annan, the UN's secretary general. Another statesman's name which has grown in popularity is Franco, although the 13 families who chose it may have been unaware of the Spanish dictator.

Girls also get their fair share of unusual first names, including Kiki, Bronte, Luna and the barely prounounceable Fds. Meanwhile, several old-fashioned names are making a comeback, including Lucien, Clementine and Bernadette.

Simon Williamson, managing director of Bounty, said that parents were becoming increasingly inventive with babies' names.

However, he said: "Jack was the number one boy's name, again, for the 11th year running, followed by Thomas, James and Daniel."

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